|The Yellow Handkerchief|
Theatrical Release Poster
|Directed by||Udayan Prasad|
|Produced by||Arthur Cohn|
|Written by||Erin Dignam|
|Music by||Eef Barzelay
|Studio||Samuel Goldwyn Films|
|Release date(s)||February 26, 2010|
The Yellow Handkerchief is an independent drama film. Set in the present-day South, The Yellow Handkerchief stars William Hurt as Brett, an ex-convict who embarks on a road trip with two troubled teens, Martine (Kristen Stewart) and Gordy (Eddie Redmayne) through post-Hurricane Katrina Louisiana in an attempt to reach his ex-wife and long lost love, May (Maria Bello). Along the way, the three reflect on their existence, struggle for acceptance, and find their way not only through Louisiana, but through life. Directed by Udayan Prasad and produced by Arthur Cohn, It is scheduled for a limited release on February 26, 2010 by Samuel Goldwyn Films.
After being released from prison after six years, ex-convict Brett Hanson (William Hurt) becomes lost in a new and unfamiliar world of freedoms and responsibilities. Struggling to reconcile himself with his disastrous past, he embarks on a journey to his home of Southern Louisiana to reunite with the ex-wife he left behind, May (Maria Bello). Along this journey, he meets two teenagers: Martine (Kristen Stewart), a troubled 15-year-old who has just escaped her family, and Gordy (Eddie Redmayne), a geeky outcast desperately seeking acceptance. Martine and Gordy offer to give Brett a lift home, and the three embark on a road trip through post-Hurricane Katrina Louisiana, reflecting on their own personal misfit status while discovering in themselves and each other the acceptance each so deeply desires. Brett weighs whether to start a new life or rekindle his love with May, Martine reevaluates her relationships with boys and her family, and Gordy struggles with his affection for Martine.
The film is loosely based on a short story by writer Pete Hamill.
Financing came from private investments rather than through prescales. Cohn commented saying "The money came from four Europeans — three women from Switzerland: Annette Grisard, Jeannine Eckenstein, Esther Grether and a gentleman by the name of Samuel Falk from Austria— all of whom were anxious to support a film they hoped would be memorable without any scenes of violence, brutality or sex. These investors were not concerned that the film would be considered 'small'. They felt, as we do, that there are no small films or big films, only films which are good and emotional and others which are not."
Filming took place in February 2007 and was shot in 43 different locations.